Jermaine Jones may have played his last match for the Colorado Rapids. It took just around an hour for the Rapids’ season to end before Jones declared via web-based networking media that he is hoping to offer his administrations somewhere else. He deleted his tweet shortly thereafter, yet it lives on in different screenshots on the web:
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Jones made similar remarks to the Denver Post in the locker room after Sunday’s 0-1 misfortune to the Seattle Sounders to end Colorado’s playoff run.
“People know that I came to this league as a (Designated Player) and this is where I want to go back to,” Jones said. “I’m a free agent now. I will sit back and see what comes. I’m not scared to go back to Europe or scared to go to Mexico or somewhere.”
Jones is not eligible for free agency under MLS rules. In spite of the fact that he meets the age prerequisite and it sounds like his agreement might end, he has not gathered eight years of administration in MLS he should be a free specialist. On the off chance that his agreement lapses and additionally the Rapids decay an alternative to augment, Jones would need to experience the reentry procedure so another club can choose his rights. On account of MLS’ single element model, players basically sign with the class, not singular clubs, and the group has instruments to guarantee what it sees as fairness in teams acquiring talent.
However, Jones is a free agent in he can go sign outside of MLS if his agreement with the Rapids is set to lapse.
The question is the place the 35-year-old can go. Though he is still equipped for playing at an abnormal state – he was ostensibly the best player on the field for Sunday’s Western Conference last – he is additionally perceptibly backing off. He was gassed by the second 50% of Sunday’s match, and he has turned out to be progressively injury prone.
It sounds like more than anything, Jones is searching for a knock in pay and he will move where he can get it. He earned $650,000 with the Rapids this season, a major drop from the $3 million the New England Revolution paid him.
His takeoff from New England was particularly muddled, with Jones arguing his case via web-based networking media and requesting the Revs don’t cut his pay. However, Jones earned a six-amusement suspension heading into this season in the wake of pushing a ref, which on top of his age, made the Revs reconsider his esteem to their team. On top of those games he missed in the wake of moving to the Rapids to serve his suspension, Jones was additionally out from July through October with an injury.
Still, Jones has been a key player for the U.S. national group and he remains a name that is well known to American fans. That may be sufficient to persuade a MLS club to follow him.